Don't-Miss Privacy Stories

NSA admits employees spied on husbands, boyfriends, and girlfriends

Employees of the U.S. National Security Agency spied on "unfaithful" husbands, boyfriends and girlfriends using surveillance technology of the agency, according to a letter from the NSA to a U.S. Senator.

New U.S. bill aims to halt NSA's bulk data collection

A bipartisan group of four U.S. lawmakers has introduced legislation that will prohibit bulk collection of phone records of Americans.

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California law allows minors to remove embarrassing pics, posts

A California law enacted Monday gives California minors the right to ask a Web site to remove whatever content they choose, and restricts those sites from advertising certain items to minors.

Al Franken questions Apple on Touch ID fingerprint sensor

The humorist-turned-politician sent an open letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook with a dozen questions on the privacy implications of Touch ID.

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Rest assured, your Facebook likes are now free speech

A court has decided that the First Amendment covers the Facebook pages that you give thumbs up to.

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How to find out what the data miners know about you

What does Acxiom know about you? More than you think, not all of it true, but AboutTheData.com lets you peel back the cover of the data mining giant and look inside.

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Court ruling offers mixed view of boss's access to Facebook

Social media law evolves with a recent federal court ruling that recognizes some Facebook data can stay private under the Stored Communications Act.

Facebook and Yahoo join motions to disclose national security requests

Google and Microsoft already have filed such motions, saying they can't allay users' concerns about privacy without evidence.

Schneier on NSA's encryption defeating efforts: Trust no one

Reports -- relying on documents provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden -- show that many tech companies are collaborating with the spy agencies to “destroy privacy,” says cryptographer and security specialist Bruce Schneier.

Yahoo says it gave the feds info for most data requests received in first half of 2013

For nearly 7,000 of the more-than-12,000 U.S. requests during the first half of 2013, only non-content data was disclosed. However, more than 4,500 requests during that period resulted in the disclosure of actual user content by Yahoo.

Here's how to best secure your data now that the NSA can crack almost any encryption

New reports suggest the NSA is capable of cracking many of the encryption protocols being used today. Here are tools that minimize that risk.

Make the most of your day off with these simple tech to-dos

Wash the car: check. Weed the garden: check. But don't forget to work through your tech chores.

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Facebook's new face recognition policy astonishes German privacy regulator

A German privacy regulator is astonished that Facebook has added facial recognition to a proposed new privacy policy it published on Thursday.

Facebook’s data policy changes put your face front and center

The social network clarifies its data use policies in the wake of a class-action lawsuit settlement.

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Google patents 'scroogling,' but it's not all about ads

Mere months after Microsoft launched a blistering ad campaign ripping apart Google's targeted ads, the US Patent Office awards Google a patent for just that.